Describes the origin and nature of jealousy in a wife. Sally accuses Don of unfaithfulness when he arrives home late for work, disbelieves his explanation, and orders him out of the house. When Don's colleague calls to verify the explanation, Sally gradually gains insight by realizing that she probably projected her unconscious desire for extramarital association onto Don. She struggles through critical introspection to overcome her jealousy.
This spare synopsis hardly does justice to this unusually interesting film. Though it was a late entry in the Marriage for Moderns series, it focuses equally on psychology as on postmarital issues. Made in a film noir style, it's a claustrophobic exploration of an overdramatic, possessive woman who undergoes an improbable change of consciousness. Mostly narrated in her own voice, the film seems to present her own emotions as fact without unnecessary judgment, but her self-judgment is extremely harsh and her personality narcissistic. "I know now the real trouble is me. If I believe in us, he'll believe in us." In the context of acceptable wifely behavior in the Fifties, this is an uncommon case study.
Marriage Family living Couples Gender roles Jealousy Extramarital affairs Infidelity Suspicion Psychology
Subject: Day 26 of a 28 Day Cycle
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Subject: Who is she?
Subject: Life In The Fast Lane....
Subject: Sally's self realization
Subject: Break the cycle
Subject: Green Eyed Monster
Subject: I feel her pain...
Subject: Sally--Please Get a Life!
In the meantime, DonÃÂs workmate Phil calls and it turns out it was all a misunderstanding. Don and Phil were developing packaging for Lorraine CaseyÃÂs new makeup line. Lorraine couldnÃÂt be more different from Sally. SheÃÂs unmarried and she earns her own living. Maybe Sally could help out Lorraine with her cosmetics business. It would give her something to do and help the family income. But that thought doesnÃÂt occur to Sally. Instead, she vows to be a loving wife from now on. But tomorrow is another empty day for Sally. ItÃÂs just an matter of time before sheÃÂll find something else to get overwrought about.
Subject: Or: A Case For Heavy Drugs
Subject: I don't want to be reasonable!
One Deus ex machina phone call later, Sally realizes that she was wrong, and begins to suppect that it was really her evil, sinful nature that's been causing all these thoughts.
A good 2/3rds of the film is a voice-over of Sally. Accurately portrays the kinds of ridiculous, but angry, arguments married people have.